Signing in to or out of Google Talk
If you'd rather sign in to Google Talk manually, click Settings at the top of your Friends list, and highlight General along the left side of the dialogue box. Uncheck the box next to Start automatically when starting Windows and click OK.
Then, each time you'd like to sign in to Google Talk, follow these steps:
- Click the Start menu and highlight Programs.
- Select Google Talk.
- Click Google Talk on the last menu to sign in.
If you'd like to sign out, select Sign out from the status drop-down menu.
After you sign out, a gray ball will appear next to your name in your friends' Friends lists to let them know you aren't available to talk.